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Today's Sports

  • Although not associated with...

    Winter is not usually associated with fresh fish, but among the few species available to local anglers are two that make terrific eating and fit perfectly in many good recipes. These are the speckled trout and the black drum, both of which can be caught throughout the year in all but the coldest weather. Specks are well known to seafood lovers as a culinary delight, while black drum lack the good reputation but are still a great fish to eat.

  • Long-awaited new clubhouse opens...

    There’s been a lot of bad news in the world of golf recently. In the last few years several courses up and down the Carolina coast have closed. Because of the down economy, total numbers of golf rounds have decreased, rentals are down and hotels are no longer filled. Restaurants are now closed for longer periods of time during the offseason.

  • Second season to begin for...

    All sports are challenges for athletes, but wrestling is unique because wrestlers battle challengers and themselves.

    High school wrestlers have to monitor their weight during the season to stay eligible in their weight class. Like the general population, for some that is easier done than others. And a few pounds do make a difference. For example, a freshman in the 103-pound weight class most likely will be at a disadvantage against a senior in the 112-pound weight class.

  • West Brunswick loses back-to-...

    The West Brunswick High School varsity basketball teams lost conference games on back-to-back nights last week. West’s boys lost 65-32 Jan. 22 at Jacksonville and 66-35 on Friday at home to Hoggard.

    West’s girls lost 61-37 to Jacksonville and 61-43 to Hoggard.

    The Trojans and Lady Trojans remain winless in the Mideastern Conference. Game summaries are below.

    HOGGARD BOYS 66

    WEST 35

    Hoggard outscored West 17-5 in the second quarter in beating the Trojans 66-35 Friday.

    West dropped to 2-14 for the season.

  • South Brunswick’s boys...

    LAKE WACCAMAW—Joey Hines scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds as South Brunswick won 47-39 Friday at East Columbus in a conference basketball game.

    Hines and A.J. Ferguson played stay-away-from-my-basket and stopped the Gators on two consecutive drives, allowing Ervin Hall to shoot and hit a 3-pointer to start the game. Hall finished with nine points.

    Hines, showing no effects from an ACL tear suffered last year, appeared to be jumping higher on some tap-ins and rebounds than in previous games.

  • Golf action

    The Lockwood Folly Men’s Golf Association played its annual yellow ball mixer Jan. 16. In this four-person team event, alternating team members played a yellow ball on each hole while the other team members play a scramble. The yellow ball net score is added to the scramble score. Penalty strokes are incurred for losing a yellow ball.

  • Changes under way at West&...

    The changes have been subtle, changes that make West Brunswick High School sports fans say, “Did you see . . . ?”

    Those attending basketball games have noticed banners honoring past players, individual state champions and team state championships.

    That is just one phase of athletics director John Floyd’s ongoing plan to spruce up West’s sports facilities.

    “We’re cleaning things up,” Floyd said. “We’re dressing things up.”

    For Floyd, the changes can’t happen fast enough.

  • A free throw is harder than it...

    In football, coaches fuss over and over about turnovers. In baseball, coaches worry about walks. And in basketball, coaches fret about free throws.

    Coaches, players and fans can count on it: free throws will make the difference in several games throughout a season.

    In a recent West Brunswick junior varsity girls basketball game, the Trojans lost 37-29 to Laney. West did its part in running the offense, as Laney fouled many times trying to stop the quicker Trojans from scoring. But West lost because it missed 17-of-30 free throws.

  • Think Pink Night Feb. 13 at West

    Feb. 13 will be another memorable night for West Brunswick High School athletics.

    That night will West’s Think Pink Night. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the Trojans’ basketball games against North Brunswick. There also will be a presentation about cancer awareness.

    And on this special night the West athletics administration will retire the No. 44 West basketball jersey of Cedric Simmons, who is now playing for the Chicago Bulls.

    “He is the only one of our kids to play (in the U.S.) on the professional level,” Floyd said.

  • North Brunswick Scorpions sweep...

    TABOR CITY—Four straight 3-pointers by freshman guard LaDonna Sloan rallied North Brunswick to a 48-44 victory Friday over South Columbus in a conference basketball game.

    A steal by Asheley Robbins in the final nine seconds helped clinch the victory for the Scorpions, 3-2 in the conference.

    North trailed 15-6 with 4 minutes, 49 seconds left in the first half.